Hi all, I wanted to share a personal announcement to set realistic expectations for the future. After the Fedora 30 release in May 2019, I intend to take an indefinite break from Fedora and reduce my responsibilities in the community.
During the Fedora 30 release cycle, my primary goal is to complete all tickets assigned to me in fedora-commops (and hopefully not take on new ones).
My secondary goals are to…
- Make this a smooth transition and not put too much work on any one person
- Create documentation for things in my head over the last few years so others can take the torch and lead
Lastly, I still hope to attend the Flock 2019 conference and use that opportunity to collaborate in-person with team members and pass on any remaining responsibilities.
Since last Sunday, the timing is inconvenient but I want to explain a bit about why I’m stepping back.
I first popped up in the Fedora community around Fedora 21 or 22. I registered my Fedora account when I was 17 years old. I’ve actively contributed to Fedora for the last three years. The Fedora Project has given me many opportunities to develop my own interpersonal skills in FOSS communities and allow me to make an impact in this community. Most importantly, I’ve met incredible people who have mentored me, guided me, and in turn given me the opportunity to pay it forward to others. Even though Fedora has its bumps and hiccups at times (like any project), as I became older I realized how incredible our community is. Even when we make mistakes, we endeavor to learn from them and improve. The Friends part of our Four Foundations isn’t taken for granted.
But at the same time, I made the decision to contribute to Fedora when I was 18. I’ve learned many lessons and learned more about myself too. In open source communities, people come and go – it is the nature of these things. Now, I believe I am ready to move on and do new things. I will miss the Fedora community, and I really mean it when I say that.
I mostly wanted to affirm my reason is not related to the IBM + Red Hat news and this is something I’ve already considered for a couple of months.
Thank you everyone who has played a part in my Fedora journey. I’m looking forward to making this next release cycle an awesome one.